Liverpool have been fined $246,000 for fielding an ineligible player in the League Cup third round clash at MK Dons last week.
Half of that fine will be suspended until the end of next season, say the English Football League.
Jurgen Klopp brought Spanish midfielder Pedro Chirivella, 22, off the bench in the 2-0 win at MK Dons, but he did not have international clearance to play after returning from a loan spell at Extremadura in 2018-19.
Chirivella had not played for Liverpool for over three years before coming on against MK Dons, and Liverpool had previously admitted a potential administrative error over his international transfer certificate (ITC).
There were fears that Liverpool may be kicked out of the competition but they will now face Arsenal in the last 16 at Anfield on Oct. 29.
Klopp used his subs on youngsters Sepp van de Berg (17) and Herbie Kane (20) — we swear that’s his name — and little used Pedro Chirivella. And four other youngsters were unused subs.
Many online joked that Klopp would’ve been happy to lose the match and bow out of the competition. The manager is pretty pleased with the improvement, and hinted that his lineup would look similar in the next round versus Arsenal. From The Liverpool Echo:
“At 16 years old still and he is this kind of footballer. That is really good for us. He is a brilliant boy, he takes the situation really well and wants to learn. He will always be a special player for moments, but you see overall with his defending and movements, it is not easy so that is really good. … He was a bit unlucky otherwise he would have scored. They are all good, they are all really skilled but that’s why it is important to give them games like this. We will try to continue like this, so we will see.”
Out: Oscar (Shanghai SIPG), John Mikel Obi (Tianjin TEDA), Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough), Dion Conroy (Swindon Town), Marco Van Ginkel (PSV Eindhoven, loan), Jay Dasilva (Charlton, loan), Isaiah Brown (Huddersfield Town, loan), Fankaty Dabo (Swindon Town, loan), Charlie Colkett (Swindon Town, loan), Fikayo Tomori (Brighton & Hove Albion, loan), Mukhtar Ali (Vitesse Arnhem, loan)
Out: Tom Carroll (Swansea City), Anton Walkes (Atlanta United, loan), Ryan Loft (Stevenage, loan), Shayon Harrison (Yeovil Town, loan), Connor Ogilvie (Stevenage, loan), Luke Amos (Southend United, loan).